UPDATED OCT 24, 2019
From restaurants serving everything from build-your-own-bowls to veggie kabobs, there’s certainly no shortage of healthy hot spots in the city. Round up your fellow foodies, and prepare to chow down on your favorite farm-fresh grub!
Discover this hidden gem tucked above Round Corner Cantina in Lawrenceville. Trust us, Umami will change the way you eat sushi. Need a pick? Order a hand roll — a seaweed cone filled with your favorite fish and skewered with a soy sauce-filled pipette. Or, amp up your protein intake with a Robatayaki meat skewer. Each dish is plated beautifully, so you may want to sneak an Instagram shot when the waiter’s not looking.
To know honeygrow is to love it. If you haven’t experienced this East Liberty hot spot yet, you’re missing out on some serious stir-fry and salads. Choose one of the flavorful menu options or go rogue and customize your own creation from the ground up. Have we mentioned the honeybar? Satisfy your sweet tooth with natural sugars like fruit, honey, and added toppings.
Choolaah, a fast-casual Indian BBQ spot in East Liberty, is bringing a modern twist to classic Indian meals with customizable tandoor BBQ bowls, wraps, and snacks that feature tangy masalas and fresh-baked Naan (um, yum!). And don’t worry if you're vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, or gluten-free — they’ve got plenty of options for you, too. Bonus: their open kitchen concept lets you watch your meal being made in their custom tandoor ovens.
The Porch goes beyond simply sourcing fresh ingredients from local vendors. This Oakland restaurant’s very own rooftop is also home to a garden of herbs, produce, and beehives. From garden to kitchen to table, their method is as sustainable as it gets. Plus, the Porch’s ever-changing menu offers salads, entrées, and pizzas prepared with seasonal spices and vegetables.
If you (like the rest of the world) love avocado toast, B52 is your spot. The thick, crunchy toast and mashed avocado are somehow made better by a tahini drizzle that turns the flavor profile on its head. But don’t stop there — pair it with a kale-packed Kofta Tofu Scramble. Top it all off with kombucha made in-house, and you’ll leave the Lawrenceville eatery feeling your healthiest yet.
Feeling fancy? Head to Floor 2 for healthy and high-end eats. Accurately named, the second floor of downtown’s Fairmont hotel is open to both guests and the general public. Adventurous eaters can order their favorite seafood from the raw bar. If you'd prefer to skip the fish, check out the separate menu section dedicated to every vegetable imaginable.
Lawrenceville is home to some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, and The Vandal is no exception. Described as “hyper-seasonal," this cafe aims to build a connection between farmers and foodies. And the head chef’s Hungarian heritage helps create an Eastern European menu you won’t find anywhere else. The dishes change every couple of weeks, but The Vandal’s Instagram page keeps locals in the loop with mouth-watering snapshots.
This restaurant/art gallery/antique shop is possibly South Side’s best-kept secret. Whether you're choosing from their killer brunch buffet or biting into the sweet, zesty Calypso Burrito, Zenith packs their dishes with tons of vegetables and plant-based proteins. After your meal, relax with one of the cafe’s unique tea blends.
Think Panera-style cafe, but with a fresh and creative menu. EatUnique is a go-to North Oakland spot for handmade soups and sandwiches that won’t drown you in grease. Looking for a recommendation? The Sweet Bean Hummus sandwich is of another world. Homemade hummus combined with veggies and cranberries create an odd combination that somehow just works.
The healthy cafe and juicery, Salúd, brings beautiful and colorful creations to the table that somehow taste even better than they look. No matter where you live, you’re sure to find one nearby—the juicery serves up health-forward goods in Oakland, Shadyside, Aspinwall, South Pointe, and more. First-timers, you can’t go wrong with the sweet and filling P-Bee Bowl.
Serving authentic Turkish flavors on the bustling Ellsworth strip, Daphne’s cozy atmosphere is perfect for a relaxed lunch. Take in the cafe’s warm colors and intricate designs over a kebab platter. Looking to soak up the rare Pittsburgh sunshine? Check out the outdoor patio to bask in some much-needed rays.
Looking for a quick bite or AM pick-me-up? Reed & Co. takes fast casual to a whole new level by adding vegan eats, fresh coffee, and pressed juices to the mix. Not a breakfast person? Stop by for a post-work snack of vegan nachos topped with cashew cheese and coconut bacon. No matter what you order, this Butler St. cafe won’t disappoint.
Coca Café is the go-to healthy brunch spot in Lawrenceville. And with a rotating seasonal menu, they’ve got something for everyone. Vegetarian eats? Check. Gluten-free pancakes? You bet. And if you’ve got your eye on a dish that doesn’t quite work with your diet — no worries. The staff is always down to swap out ingredients to create a better alternative that’ll fit with any lifestyle.
Bitter Ends gives farm-to-table a whole new meaning. Owners of this Liberty Ave. luncheonette, who also tend to a farm in Verona, deliver their home-grown ingredients straight to Bloomfield to create one-of-a-kind dishes for the whole East End community. But they’re servin’ up more than just veggies here. Stop in for snacks and sandwiches, local coffee, baked goods, and some friendly conversation. The best part? The menu changes daily, so you can get a new fresh and healthy meal with each visit.
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